A new leader emerged, some celebrities suffered injuries, and a crowd favorite was eliminated on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. Hollywood Nights was this week’s theme. The couples could become an iconic movie star or character, while others chose a particular film or era reflecting their unlearned dance. It was a spectacular evening of dazzling costumes, exciting music (not always from the Harold Wheeler Band), and incredible sets.
Brant Daugherty, and his partner Peta Murgatroyd, literally wowed the crowd and judges with an impressive quickstep to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” Needless to say Brant had a terrible week with just about everything going wrong. First, he suffered a minor injury with a sprained ankle. Next, he lost his cell phone and later was robbed at gunpoint. The robber asked for his bag, which Brant gave him. It was the bag with only his Latin dance shoes and sweats. However, nothing could rain on their parade to a high-stepping’ salute to “The Great Gatsby.” For their efforts, Brant and Peta scored all 9’s, thus becoming the only couple at the top of the leader board.
Another crowd pleaser, whose schedule was very limited due to his comedy tour, was country comedian Bill Engvall. His characterization of the Lone Ranger, set to its famous theme music, danced the paso doble with a passion. Engvall wanted to get some 8’s; he received a total of 24 from the judges.
Nicole “Snooki” made up for some bad scores last week with her Marilyn Monroe tribute to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” and a score of 25. Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani opened the show with saluting James Bond’s “Skyfall” and the movie title song from Adele. Coming in second place at 26 (and tied with Corbin and Karina) for the night was Christina Milian’s and Mark Ballas’ show-stopping, roaring ‘20s Charleston.
Crowd favorite Bill Nye the Science Guy suffered last week a pulled tendon. His doctor stated it was not a good idea to dance. Luckily, their unlearned dance was jazz. His partner Tyne Stecklein choreographed a routine that enabled him to move ever so slightly, since he was a robot. Unfortunately his score stayed the same as last week with 16. Bill Nye was later eliminated from the competition. Next week head judge Len Goodman will be judging the British ballroom show “Strictly Come Dancing.” In his place will be former pro dancer and two-time DWTS champion, Julianne Hough.